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Opinion: Veere Di Wedding is a fun chick flick but certainly not perfect.
Veere Di Wedding is really a fun chick flick and the best part about it is that it never projects any feminist propaganda. The makers are very much sure that they want to make a movie which will give ample of laughs with female protagonists. Even after 17 years of Dil Chahta Hai which revolutionized the urban coming of age genre with male characters in the lead we still have hardly two or three films where the same has been done with leads of the fairer gender. Though Veere Di Wedding is not at all perfect like Dil Chahta Hai, yes I can say that it seemed to me the female version of Fukrey at least when it comes to the foul-mouthed major players. Certainly, the film moves smoothly in the first half, a lot of funny dialogues and able performances makes us gulp the initial one hour like butter. But after the interval film falters and becomes a drag at many places. The real culprit is the wafer-thin plot where the writers failed to bring in the required amount of intensity and emotions in conflicts of the characters. Yes, I laughed in the first half but I also felt detached with the emotional proceedings of the film in the second, it never connected with me and the film looked going to a no man’s place in the end but again despite taking the formulaic finish the comedy and humor in the writing saved it. Of course, credit must go to Ekta Kapoor, Anil, and Rhea Kapoor for making this fun film with female stars, we need more of it and surely once this film will get success others will also try and hopefully someday they’ll hit the bull’s eye.
The direction of Shashanka Ghosh is good but his writers let him down albeit not completely, the writing of Nidhi Mehra and Mehul Suri is a mixed bag, good in humor lacks in emotional connect. The dialogues are superb and will connect with the youngsters. Editing of Shweta Venkat Matthew needed serious brushing I felt and the music is fine, the song ‘Tareefan’ with Badshah which comes in the end credit gets the maximum applaud. In the performance department, Kareena Kapoor as Kalindi Puri is absolutely fantastic, she is so natural, pulls the film entirely on her able shoulders and you just can’t take your eyes off her. Swara Bhaskar as Sakshi Soni is good, she does her best to portray the role of a spoilt rich woman. The real find of the film is Shikha Talsania as Meera Sood, she plays a mother of a two years old and one of the sweetest friends of the four. She is so confident and you cannot say that she has no experience of acting, well-done girl. Sonam Kapoor as lawyer Avni Sharma is the weakest link in the acting department, she is just okay but as far as her looks and dresses are concerned, she tops there. Sumeet Vyas as Rishabh Malhotra, the love interest of Kareena Kapoor is very good and it is very good to see him on the big screen after watching him in some epic web series’. While other supporting casts lend able performances be it Manoj Pahwa, Vivek Mushran, Anjum Rajabali, Vishwas Kini and the best of the lot, Neena Gupta as Avni’s mother.
All in all, it is a very nice one time watch, the older generation will not like it, so they can stay away from it but the youth will love it. I am going with 3 out of 5 stars.